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AWADmail Issue 63December 30, 2001
A Weekly Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Other Interesting Tidbits about Words and Languages
From: Andrew Merson (andrewATpisys.co.uk)
Thought that you might like to know about a word alive, well, and in frequent usage here in the North East of Scotland: clipe. It can be used as a verb or noun, and means to tell on someone, and a clipe is someone who tells on others.
From: Bert Pigg (mtgolfierATaol.com)
Thanks for "cleep". Am an actor and one of my favorite scenes from Macbeth contains the following:
Ay, in the catalogue ye go for men;
Macbeth, III-1, 93-95.
From: Keen James (kkj2323AThome.com)
From: Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
Aptronyms, they continue to flow. Seeing all these aptronyms makes me wonder if I should be getting in the gargoyle business. We've a nimiety of nyms here now. Let's put a lid on these - here's the last installment:
I must share my favorite example of an aptronym. There is a gynecologist
here in northern Virginia named - no lie - Dr. Harry Beaver. He doesn't
go by Harold, or H., he's listed in the phonebook as Dr. Harry Beaver.
This man must have a great sense of humor, and a real willingness to
laugh at himself.
My name is Ferrie and I am a retired master mariner. For many years one of
my jobs was captain on a Island ferry, and yes I was captain Ferrie of the
Island ferry. This was constantly brought to my attention as if I would not
have noticed it myself. But a more amusing incidence occurred years earlier
when I got married. The time of our marriage just happened to coincide with
the introduction of new modern ferries being introduced to the sea crossing
to our island home. The new ferries were of the roll-on roll-of design with
vehicle ramps whereas the previous ones used derricks to load vehicles and
cargo. Prior to their introduction there was much local interest in these
new vessels and their modern roll-on roll-off capabilities. At the wedding
my new wife received the rather risque congratulatory telegram,
"Congratulations Betty, you've just gotten the first Roll-on, Roll-off ferry."
Several years ago the principal flute of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
was Linda Toot. The bassoonist of long standing in the MSO is William Basson.
The current Florida Bar directory lists eight -- count 'em, eight -- lawyers
whose surname is "Law." They outnumber the Justices, of whom only four are
listed. One Just. One Juster. Two Judges, neither of whom is a judge. One
Council, but no Counsel.
When I was in fifth grade the treasurer of our gradeschool was Miss
Cashdollar. Much later in life I did some Engineering work for a lawyer
named Mr. Sues.
One that truly frightened me when I was working years ago in a San Francisco
art-supply store. Someone called in an order from a nearby military base. He
gave his rank and name as Specialist Mankiller. I thought it must be a rather
morbid joke, but sure enough, when he arrived to get his supplies, the name
tag on his uniform said "Mankiller." I'm also reminded of Dr. Joblove, whose
office I used to walk past on my way to school as a child. I always thought
he must be in the right profession if he enjoyed his work that much!
The 2001-2 Membership and Referral Directory of the American Urological
Association includes 9 Dr. Peters, 11 Dr. Wang, 4 Dr. Wiener, 4 Dr. Cox, 1
Dr. Dick, 3 Dr. Waters, 1 Dr. Philpott, 1 Dr. Urich, 1 Dr. John Thomas, and
my medical school classmate Dr. Insoft.
The name of the bass singer in the group *NSync is Lance Bass (but he
pronounces it like the fish).
From: Marshall Wohl (marshall_wohlATus.ibm.com)
The other day I saw the following headline on CNN.com:
and I asked myself, what had the Australians done to anger our president?
From: Eric Shackle (eshackleATozemail.com.au)
Did you know that St. Paul, Minnesota, was once called Pig's Eye? And that Gawler Bunyip is the name of an Australian newspaper? Read about them in the January edition of my e-book.
The raw material of possible poems and histories. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist and poet, on dictionary (1803-1882)